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>> it was a rabbit on a golf course. >> thanks for watching. see you tomorrow, everybody. bret baier is on deck, "special report." as al qaeda attempts to come back, president obama attempts another reset. this is "special report." good evening, i'm bret baier. so al qaeda isn't on its last legs after all. president obama is tweaking his message after being forced to shut down almost two dozen diplomatic outposts because of new terror threats. jennifer griffin is at the pentagon with the surprising story of what led to the bulking up of al qaeda in yemen. we begin with ed henry and the president's al qaeda makeover. good evening, ed.
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>> reporter: good evening, bret. the president used to say al qaeda was on the run, now he's just saying they're on their heels. addressing troops at camp pendleton, he said something he normally shies away from. >> we have been at war with al qaeda. >> reporter: on a late night comedy show, the president stressed to the troops he's all over it. >> even as we designate the al qaeda leadership that attacked us on 9/11, al qaeda affiliates and like minded extremists still threaten our home land. >> reporter: earlier, the president used the soft couch of the tonight show with jay leno, dropping his line about the terror about being on the run to defeat to claiming they're on their heels. >> it is a reminder for all the progress, getting bin laden, putting al qaeda between afghanistan and pakistan back on its heels, that, you know, this
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radical, you know, violent extremism is still out there, and you know, we've got to stay on top of it. >> reporter: the president was also blunt trying to use the current threat from al qaeda in the arabian peninsula which shut down 19 embassies to justify the controversial nsa surveillance programs. >> i had the programs reviewed. we put in some additional safeguards to make sure there's federal court oversight as well as congressional oversight, that there is no spying on americans. >> reporter: even top democrats previously question whether that oversight is real. >> it is not possible for the congress to do the kind of vigorous oversight that the president spoke about if you can't get straight answers. >> reporter: democrat ron wyden referring to this answer he got from james clapper, the director of national intelligence. >> does the nsa collect any type
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of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of america americans. >> no, sir. >> it does not? >> not wittingly. >> reporter: the president stressed privacy is protected. >> none of the revelations show that government actually abused these powers. >> reporter: yet key lawmakers insist they do not have enough information to verify that claim. >> members of congress were not aware on the whole about what these programs were being used for, the extent to which they are being used. >> reporter: a daily beast report claimed they intercepted a conference call between more than 20 al qaeda leaders. officials are saying the u.s. had some sort of electronic intercept that showed communication between top al qaeda leaders and in fact they were plotting attacks. >> ed henry on the north lawn, thank you. yemen has become ground zero for the al qaeda movement.
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national security correspondent jennifer griffin at the pentagon tells us how that came about. >> reporter: yemen officials claim to have foiled a massive terror plot that would have targeted oil pipelines and ports, giving al qaeda control of yemen's major cities. u.s. officials say the threat is not over, and remain concerned about a broader terror plot. >> we are keeping it closed to keep our people safe and we believe a threat remained. >> reporter: in spite of the on-going terror threat, the white house doesn't plan to reverse president obama's decision in may to release guantanamo bay prisoners to yemen. >> i am lifting the moratorium on transfers to yemen so we can review them on a case by case basis. >> reporter: august 1st, one week before this week's terror warning, the president met yemen's president at the white house. >> lifting of the moratorium reflects a change in policy that reflects also changes in yemen. >> reporter: one thing that hasn't changed in yemen, the strength of al qaeda in the arabian peninsula, aqap was
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formed in 2009 by several high profile guantanamo prisoners released to saudi arabia. >> a handful of former guantanamo bay detainees, primarily saudi citizens made their way across the border into yemen and joined al qaeda in yemen. >> reporter: the other founder of aqap, whose communications with ayman al-zawahiri, broke free in a prison break in sanaa, forming the most recent branch. most prominently, afghanistan, iraq, syria, libya. the first on july 21st at abu ghraib where harden the prisoners have been held since the u.s. military detained them during the war. 500 convicts escaped. six days later, july 27th, more than 1,000 escaped from a
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benghazi prison. july 30, taliban fighters disguised as police and armed with bombs broke some out of a pakistani jail. >> al qaeda finds a tactic that works. when they set on a tactic, they go back until they perfect it again and again. >> reporter: they say the prison breaks worried them, not because prisoners are expected to participate in any current al qaeda plots they're watching but because they often serve as core recruits for the next al qaeda affiliate. >> jennifer griffin at the pentagon, thank you. the army psychiatrist charged in the fort hood shootings appears intent on getting a death sentence, so says the stand by attorney for major nidal malik hasan who is representing himself. hasan objected to the statement calling it a twisting of the facts. at that point the judge halted the proceedings and cleared the courtroom today. one of the men thought to participate in the benghazi
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attacks told fox news last year he was there but did nothing wrong. senior foreign affairs correspondent greg palkot has an update from london. >> reporter: for the obama administration to act, following them being charged on the attack in benghazi. killing christopher stevens, three others dead. the real question, are we going to capture or kill the terrorists? if we are issuing the equivalent of subpoena, that's not good enough. >> reporter: one of them a leading figure in benghazi and possible ring leader ahmed abu khattala. when fox news was in benghazi last october, we met with khattala for extended off camera interview. he admitted to being there the night of the attack, showed no remorse for killing of stevens and others. he denied direct involvement in the attack or the group said to be responsible. he claimed he was only at the scene to aid militia members
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injured defending the americans. crucially, we found post it notes at the compound indicating the fbi had been there a few weeks after the attack. khattala said no u.s. official contacted him, and heilling to say he showed much love for the u.s. he told us america had it coming for getting involved in libyan politics and shared the anti-u.s. rhetoric of benghazi based al qaeda off chute. late today, associated press reached khattala by phone. i am a libyan citizen he reportedly said and i have nothing to do with the american government, not yet, apparently. bret? >> thank you, we will stay on this. the chill in the air between cold war foes russia and the u.s. got frostier. president obama cancelled a one on one with russian president vladimir putin. senior white house foreign affairs correspondent wendell goler tells us why and what happens now.
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>> reporter: what never looked like a warm, fuzzy relationship from the outside, iced over after he granted asylum to nsa leaker edward snowden, and after weeks highlighting u.s., russian cooperation on the boston bombing and when snowden was stuck at the airport, he suddenly found that cooperation wanting. >> we were not at the point of progress where a summit at the presidential level was the most constructive step. >> reporter: aides say president obama will travel to st. petersburg for the summit, but will replace a one on one he was going to have with a stop in sweden. before the decision was announced, "the new york times" said the talks should be cancelled and chuck schumer cheered that saying president putin is acting like a schoolyard bully, doesn't reserve the respect a bilateral summit would have accorded him. but it is another uncomfortable moment in a relationship that has had its share.
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hillary clinton presented with a misspelled reset button. >> reporter: the president caught asking for more time on missile defense. russia's inflexibility was cited as reason to cancel the summit, and to pressure assad to step down or stop providing weapons to that country's army. though he said he wouldn't point in relations to get snowden. >> i am not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker. >> reporter: mr. obama told tonight show host the russians themselves sometimes undermine the relationship. >> there are times they slip back into cold war thinking and cold war mentality. >> reporter: the u.s. and russian secretary of defense meet in washington friday. snowden will be on the agenda, but won't be the focus of the talks. bret? >> wendell goler , thank you.
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how the balance of power in washington could come down to a senate race in arkansas, that's up next. here are what some of our fox affiliates are covering around the country. wjw in cleveland has the demolition of the house of horrors where ariel castro had three women locked up for ten years. they're monitoring the powerball jackpot that stands at $422 million. a woman by zephyrhills won the $590 million prize in may. and newark international airport in new jersey from wnyw, they're going with newark being named the most unfriendly city in the world by a travel magazine. that's tonight's live look outside the beltway from "special report." we'll be right back. [ male announcer ] research suggests cell health
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if you are like most americans, you do not think congress deserves its august vacation. the latest fox news poll indicates 82% of respondents feel that way. one member of congress who is taking no vacation from campaigning could have a lot to say about the balance of power in washington after 2014. chief political correspondent carl cameron has that story. >> reporter: first term arkansas congressman tom cotton, veteran, harvard educated lawyer, launched his campaign to oust arkansas's senator mark pryor. >> i joined the army to defend our freedom overseas. that's why i ran for congress, to serve you and to defend our freedom and our constitution in washington, and that's why today i'm announcing my candidacy to be your united states senator. >> reporter: before cotton joined the race, pryor aired an ad about wanteding to go to
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senate before he finished a term in the house. >> tom cotton is now running for united states senate. running for another office just seven months after being sworn into congress. john cotton should be running, not for higher office, running from his own record of hurting the people of arkansas. >> reporter: pryor is a loyal obama backer. he lost the state to mitt romney, and the gop won every arkansas congressional seat. and lincoln was ousted by 21 points. every two years, a third of the senate seats are up for grabs. senate seats are vulnerable, 21 seats compared to 14 for the gop. arkansas is crucial. they're confident of pickups in montana, south dakota, west virginia where they're retiring in red states where romney
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trounced obama by double digits last year. republicans target three other states obama lost, mark begich, kay hagan, pose freshman, most vulnerable, and mary landrieu, someone they tried to defeat. the only at risk republican is mitch mcconnell, polls show him tied in primary and general election. ousting a top leader is usually very tough. >> thank you. the arkansas senate race one of the topics of "special report" online, 7:00 eastern. if you haven't been there, log on. we will continue the new feature, the sr bing poll. we will debut this feature on "special report" friday during the panel on the show. check it out tonight during the online show. still ahead, the federal government wants to help you or make you diversify your
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the wife of one of the elite firefighters killed in arizona in june says she is being denied the lifetime benefits she needs to raise their four children. julie ann ash croft says the city of prescott told her her husband was considered seasonal employee, not entitled to the same benefits as full-time workers. she will receive worker's compensation and a one time federal payout of $328,000. the legalization of recreational marijuana use in washington state could cost medical marijuana patients a lot of money. correspondent dan springer tells
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us how. >> reporter: when voters in washington state legalized recreational marijuana last november, pot smokers celebrated the way you would expect. but many politicians were equally as high on the promise of a tax windfall, projected to be $530 million a year. there's only one problem. the actual revenue will likely be about half that, so long as medical marijuana remains unregulated, untaxed and a whole lot cheaper. >> people thought there were going to be laws surrounding it, and medical marijuana is an avenue to side step the laws and regulations and the revenue. >> reporter: medical marijuana has been legal since 1998, and because there's no registry, officials have no idea how many pot patients are out there. lawmakers are increasingly calling the industry a sham and many want to slap a 20% tax on medicinal weed. john worthington who inhales it for back pain is worried. >> forced the price up so high,
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i would have to either go back to pharmaceutical drugs, which i have found to be harmful to me, or i'd have to do it illegally. >> reporter: fellow patients protest at the state capitol, arguing no prescription drugs are taxed. pot entrepreneur believes the newly created market of adult users will be so big, a 50% price premium won't matter. >> both the market segments are huge, it is the sum of the two in terms of potential, which represents the 50 to 100 billion size market we have today in the united states. >> reporter: still, worried about getting undercut, lawmakers plan to revive the 20% tax plan in early 2014, about when legal pot goes on sale for the first time. and that's when they'll know if tax dollars are rolling in or going up in smoke. bret? >> dan springer in seattle, thank you. we have been telling you about serious problems with how the veteran's administration does its job.
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correspondent jonathan serry has the story. >> reporter: he questioned how she plans to improve mental health services. >> one of the primary things as i enter the building, remind the staff and support systems that i am working and we are here only because a veteran risked his life for us. >> reporter: it follows a series of reports from the inspector general, linking mismanagement at the hospital here to psychiatric patients falling through the cracks, including three that died from drug overdoses or suicides over the last two years. the va says many involved with the incidents no longer work at the hospital, and changes were made to improve wait times and monitoring of patients, including those referred to outside contractors. >> the atlanta va medical center reduced the number of contracts with mental health organizations from 26 to 5. additionally, we have placed case managers at each location.
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>> we've got to make sure there's a continuity of care from the time of diagnosis to time of treatment, and in between those times of treatment, as the person gets better and better, this continuing contact with the mental help therapist and doctors. >> reporter: according to va, average of 22 veterans commit suicide each day, more than 8,000 a year. as a member of the senate veteran's affairs committee, isaacson says it is not only important to follow up on improvements here, but look at what the nation as a whole is doing to provide quality mental health care to america's heroes. bret? >> jonathan, thank you. government run mortgage giant freddie mac earned $5 billion in the second quarter of the year, up from 3 billion a year ago. taxpayers you may remember bailed out freddie mac and fannie mae with $187 billion during the financial crisis. they paid back roughly 136 billion of that. the nation's largest bank
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says it is being investigated by the justice department over offerings of mortgage backed securities. jp morgan chase made disclosures in a quarterly filing with the security and ex-change commission. the do was down 48, the s&p 500 down 6, and nasdaq down 11. the aarp -- and what are these goats doing at the famous congressional cemetery, their job. the grapevine is next. ok, i am coming. [ susan ] i hate that the reason we're always stopping is because i have to go to the bathroom. and when we're sitting in traffic, i worry i'll have an accident. be right back. so today, i'm finally going to talk to my doctor about overactive bladder symptoms.
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and now, some fresh pickings from the political grapevine. embattled may oral candidate anthony weiner has alienated another segment of the electorate, seniors. last night at public forum hosted by the aarp, weiner got into a heated exchange with one of his opponents. republican candidate george mcdonald took issue with weiner putting his hand on his chest when they were saying hello. he asked weiner not to touch him again. weiner accused him of having anger issues. the 69-year-old mcdonald said he did not, too much 48-year-old weiner replied yeah, you do, grand pa. the aarp issued a statement saying a person's age shouldn't
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be a factor in politics or anything else. in case you need more evidence that you should not lie to the police, a woman that got out of a ticket saying her dad was dying ended up under arrest when her story did not check out. the driver was pulled over in new hampshire friday for going 82 in a 65. she told the state trooper she was rushing to the hospital where her father was on his death bed. the officer let her go. then called the hospital to check her story out. turns out her father has been dead for five years. he tracked down the woman and arrested her for speeding and driving with a suspended registration. and finally, d.c.'s congressional cemetery has hired new landscapers to deal with overgrown brush. goats arrived. the head of the group overseeing the cemetery calls it a green, cost efficient alternative to pesticides and mowing. the goats will eat there for the
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next six days before moving to other weed infested pastures. among 65,000 buried at congressional cemetery, 19 senators, 71 house members, two vice presidents, fbi chief j. edgar hoover, composer, john phillip sousa. uncle sam wants to help you diversify your neighborhood, whether you like it or not. doug mcelway talks about a new interactive effort some say is a huge overreach. >> i think when you spread the the wealth around, it is good. >> reporter: five years since those words, housing and urban development has a new federal rule that gives them meaning, furthering fair housing. it will require the feds to gather data on segregation and discrimination in every single american enabled and remedy it. >> in too many of our hardest-hit communities, no matter how hard a child or her parents work, no matter that child's potential, the life
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chances of that child, even her life span, is determined by the zip code she grows up in. >> reporter: data from the discrimination database will be used with zoning laws, house financing, infrastructure planning and transportation, to alleviate segregation, specifics are lacking. the rule does not prescribe or enforce specific local or public housing authority policies. one critic says it smacks of utopian ideals. >> started with public housing and urban renewal, which failed spectacularly back in the '50s and '60s. they tried it again in the '90s, when they wanted to transform housing finance, do away with down payments, and the result was millions of foreclosures and financial collapse. >> reporter: some fear the rule will open the flood gates to lawsuits by hud, a weapon already used against westchester county new york where towns are
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writing hud in protest. to keep taxes among the most affordable, the town board needs commercial property for commercial uses. >> what they're trying to do is say discrimination and zoning are the same thing. they are not. discrimination won't be tolerated, i won't tolerate it. zoning protects what can and can't be built in a neighborhood. >> reporter: also troublesome, the hud secretary announcing this proposed rule, blamed poverty solely on zip code, not on fatherlessness, dependent culture or other factors studies show leads to poverty. bret? >> thank you. majorities of people surveyed in the latest fox poll believe it is too easy to get government benefits and americans are relying on them too much. 74% say more people should depend more on themselves, not taxpayers. and 53% blame the record food stamp numbers on the ease of qualifying for them. please join me friday, 10:00 p.m. eastern time for a one hour look at the controversy. fox news reporting, the great
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and accident forgiveness if you qualify. see what ee comes standard at liberty mutual insurance. responsibility. what's your policy? today the core of al qaeda in afghanistan and pakistan is on the path to defeat. their remaining operatives spend more time thinking about their own safety than plotting against us. it is a reminder for all the progress we made getting bin laden, putting al qaeda between afghanistan and pakistan back on its heels that, you know, this radical, you know, violent extremism is still out there, and we've got to stay on top of it. >> well, president obama talking with jay leno on "the tonight
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show" about terror threats and embassy closures. he went today and spoke to troops and expanded a little bit on the status of al qaeda. >> even as we decimated the al qaeda leadership that attacked us on 9/11, al qaeda affiliates and like minded extremists still threaten our homeland, still threaten our diplomatic facilities, still threaten our businesses abroad. we have to take these threats seriously and do all we can to confront them. as for these extremists, here is what those that would cowardly attack our civilians don't get. the united states is never going to retreat from the world. we don't get terrorized. >> that was at camp pendleton. with that, let's bring in the panel, steve hayes, a.b.
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stodda stoddard, and charles krauthammer. >> obama has done a lot of retreating, not all of it in the face of terrorism, but he thought the bush administration had overextended us, got us out of iraq, left no presence behind. getting us out of afghanistan after a surge which he then immediately announced there would be an end of and we would be leaving. he's closed 20 somewhat embassies because of threats in the air. he did nothing about the attacks in libya. you know, america is not very much respected in the world. as a consequence, obama used to talk about guantanamo and sins of the bush administration, torture and all this stuff as the recruiter of terrorists. the biggest recruiter of terrorists is american weakness. what bin laden said, people will go with the strong horse, not the weak horse. that's what's happened under his
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stewardship. >> look at the latest fox news poll on the president's approval ratings ovary sent months and you can see how it has taken a drop since august of last year. ab, what about this? >> i think there are a lot of reasons for that. i think the president came into second term and people had high expectations and i think he certainly did have an ambitious agenda, and he has not been able to get anything going in terms of second term policy which lives with congress, the economy is not booming, and we actually have new foreign threats and issues like syria which gets worse every month and has since he was inaugurated a second time. i think no president, republican or democrat, will ever again say al qaeda is on the run. i think it is a mistake to characterize al qaeda as on the run, then later on have to say
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actually, you know, aqap isn't on the run, just this other one that was in pakistan. it doesn't mean anything to americans. we've just been told to be warned if we were traveling overseas and, you know, as we discussed, we emptied embassies in northern africa and middle east and elsewhere. it is a mixed message. i think presidents have to come out, though, and say be careful, we're going to keep you, we have a constant threat, but we're americans and we don't -- we're not going to be defeated by the goal of the terrorists to terrorize us. it is conflicting message, but it is a message that american presidents will always be bound to give. >> steve? >> i think there's inclination to look at what the president said during the campaign and dismiss it a little as campaign rhetoric. this is what we expect our candidates to say when running for office. there may have been a sort of political bravado in what the president said.
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you can go back much further and understand this is what they believe. this is what the top counterterrorism advisers were telling him. john brennan, then a senior counter terrorism adviser now director of cia gave a speech in 2012 in which he laid out just how diminished al qaeda was. he said at one point that we can now envision a world in which poor al qaeda is no longer relevant, which doesn't look very good in the face of the news we've gotten about ayman al-zawahiri coordinating with the affiliates now. brennan also said this will be the decade of al qaeda's demise, if the decade before 9/11 was the decade before the rise, the deca decade after was the decade of decline. this will be al qaeda's demise. he also went on to say the affiliates were weakened. he said they're a problem, but they're weakened, too, didn't want to be associated with the
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al qaeda name, having trouble recruiting people, were disbursed. i think what we're hearing from the administration is a lot of revisionist history, where they pretend they say al qaeda and affiliates were constant on-going threat, yet if you go back and look at their rhetoric back then and their policies, importantly, it tells the opposite story. >> also another thing the president has used rhetorically many times is what his top priority is for the american people. take a listen. >> making sure jobs are available is the first thing i think about when i wake up in the morning, it is the last thing i think about when i go to bed each night. here, whether ye still a student or you're a graduate or you're a parent, your number one concern is the economy. that's my number one concern. it is the first thing i think about when i wake up in the morning, it is the last thing i think about when i go to bed at
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night. >> first thing i think about when i go to bed, i am thinking of doing everything to keep americans safe. >> the bp oil spill said my first thing i wake up in the morning and when i go to bed thinking about the spill. >> look, this man is a very slow riser, and bad sleeper. a lot of things he entertains in his mind when he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night. that's sort of a rhetorical thing. i will give him a pass, all politicians will do that. the fundamental issue about the war on terror is his own ambivalence. the problem isn't what his advisers are telling him or the assessment of al qaeda in pakistan, the core al qaeda, it is the fact that the president gave a major speech at the national defense university in which he said the war on terror, this war must end. all wars end, this war must end, as if like god issuing the word and everything happens. he can say it and declare it and
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it will happen. and it is obvious he doesn't want to be involved in this war, he knows he has to be. he has to protect the american people, but his heart is telling him it is a war that is undermining our liberties and militarizing society, costing us a lot, he wants to nation build at home. this is the problem, at least incoherence in policy, at least with ambivalence in policy, in the end, word play over did we have an evacuation from yemen or was it an orderly departure? it is all the result of a president who is not sure why he is doing it and who the enemy is. >> what did you say, leks cological war? >> i think it is a word i just invented yesterday. >> we had trouble tracking it down. ab, he used that construction today. we have been at war against al qaeda, which is something frankly he has not said much about. >> well, it's a little late to change, you know, the terminology. it is true, it changed often.
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there's always violent extremists but no terrorists. then of course he wanted to be on the record saying he called the attack on benghazi a terror attack because he said in the rose garden it was an act of terror. he can play around as charles points out with the words, he is giving a two sided message. on the one hand, we have them on the run, on the other hand, we face a constant threat. they're conflicting messages and he is as a result of this week and the threat this week and we have september 11 anniversaries every year to come giving that conflicting message. >> jay leno asked some pointed questions, the president's last solo press conference was april 30th. steve, anything about that? >> look, going on jay leno would not have been the place had i been advising the president to go and have a serious conversation about terrorism. but i am amused by the republicans criticizing him. remember, republicans criticized the president for going places in the weeks and months leading to the election, then he spanked them. maybe republicans ought to go on there more. next up, the already chilly
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relationship between cold war foes gets a little frostier. ♪ test test
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>> we want to reset our relationship. >> we worked hard to get the right russian word. do you think we got it. >> you got it wrong. >> it should be -- [speaking russian. >> we won't let do you that to us. i promise. >> -- after my election i have more flexibility. >> bret: it's been an interesting relationship between the u.s. and russia
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over president obama's term in office. president obama will still travel to st. petersburg for the g-20 summit. but he will not have a one-on-one meeting with vladimir putin of russia because of the asylum. from ben rhodes quote we will still work on russia where we can find common ground unanimous view of the president and team that a summit did not make sense in the current environment. steve? >> i think ben rhodes is right. it didn't make sense. there is no way that that meeting should have happened. i don't know that this is necessarily -- it will be viewed as the president slapping vladimir putin in the face. i don't think it hurts vladimir putin at home. it probably helps him back there you go back a few weeks ago when the president answered questions about the snowden trip to russia and made a lot of news because he said i'm not going to scramble fighter jets to go after this leaker. the thing that didn't get as much attention when the president said i'm not going to let something so
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small and minor like this disrupt what we are doing on all of these other big and important issues. i remember hearing that and thinking this is a big deal too. maybe it ought to disrupt these other issues. now we are are at the point where the president is recognizing delayedly that it should have an impact tonight way we view russia. breath breath a.b. the president said last night on jay leno there is still a lot of business we can do with russia. there are times where they have slipped back into cold war thinking and cold war mentality. here is what governor romney said on the campaign trail with russia and ad after that. >> this is, without question, our number one geopolitical foe. they fight every cause for the world's worst actors. the idea that he has more flexibility in mind for russia is very, very troubling, indeed. >> it's a really curious statement given that the cold war has been over for some time. >> bret: that was an obama ad after that. >> well, that was when it
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was a re-set button and now it's an eject button because mr. putin though i don't think he should be trusted, and i don't think he exploilted the snowden incident to the extent that we might have expected him to. i don't think vested interest in interested in warming and fixing this relationship as we are. and steve is right. what he said on that day was there is all this work to do. what he said on leno last night was sometimes he slips into this cold war mentality and i would say we have all this war to do and why don't we cooperate? and then there is the news this morning that is he not going to have the meeting. the problem for president obama is we do have needs out of a relationship with russia in terms of a growing threats from syria and iran and other places that we need their cooperation for. so, if he wants to cancel a meeting, it might make him feel good and cite the snowden incident as a reason. it puts everything -- it just puts everything into
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retreat and it slows down progress. i think it is not for president obama, it's -- it's something he have to move -- i mean, putin won't make the first move so obama will have to make the next one and he probably will end up doing. so he will be remembered for the meetings that go well and not the ones he cancelled. >> bret: charles? >> it won't matter. the whole reset policy which started out as sort of a semi joke is in collapse. on no issue has obama gone anywhere with russia. it isn't like it's disrupting any efforts on missile defense on syria, on iran, where at every step in this administration putin has stood up against the united states and acted against our interest. i'm glad the meeting isn't going to happen because obama has been handed his hat every time. it's good that he -- they are not going to be in the same room. it's a miss match every time these guys are are alone together. >> bret: by the way that button. >> strong letter. >> strong letter to follow. that button that hillary clinton passed the lever off in russian said
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>> bret: finally tonight, we have seen how some people in asia follow nba basketball closely. case in point dennis rodham was so popular in north korea that at one point some people thought he could be the next u.s. ambassador there in china l.a. laker kobe bryant is a big hit too and a recent trip left emotional fans very happy. >> kobe on the second stop of his annual summer trip to china, about 25,000 screaming fans climbing trees and jamming the streets outside of a sporting goods store. [ laughter ]
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>> bret: i mean, he was fired up. okay. thanks for inviting us into your home tonight. that is it for this "special report." fair, balanced and unafraid. "special report" online. if you haven't checked it out, you should. it starts right now. >> shepard: this is the fox report. tonight, putin put down. president obama sends a very public message to the russian president, but will it get the white house any closer to arresting the secret leaker ed snowden. and big controversy in florida after teenagers beat a classmate on a school bus and a father's plea to his child's suspected kidnapper. >> i'm begging to you let my daughter go. >> shepard: this man, suspected of killing a woman, murdering a child, and abducting this teenage girl. >> we all miss you, hannah, we love you so much. >> they could have gone to another state. they could have gone to another country potentially.

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